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Topic: Mars

Nearly half of all missions to Mars have failed according to Professor James Head.

News, Science & Research

Dangling by nylon threads: touchdown of Mars Perseverance Rover

April 7, 2021 0 comments

An unexpected snowfall closed schools in Huntsville, Alabama on the afternoon of Feb. 18. Despite the cold, NASA scientist Caleb Fassett MS’05 PhD’08 was grateful to have his two first-grade daughters home to witness a key moment in space exploration.

50 landing sites were presented to NASA, but the final two standout sites came out of research from Brown, including the Jezero Crater.

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Journey to Jezero Crater: what Perseverance may uncover

April 7, 2021 0 comments

Several years ago, Jezero Crater was proposed as the landing site for NASA’s 2011 Mars rover Curiosity but was rejected because there were too many rocks that the rover might hit in the possible landing areas, according to Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences Jack Mustard.

University researchers analyzed images from CRISM to identify hydrated silica at the Jezero crater on the red planet. The Mars 2020 rover will retrieve samples from the site for further analysis.

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Fossilizing mineral found at 2020 Mars rover landing site

November 22, 2019 Comments are Disabled

Identifying life on Mars may be within reach thanks to University researchers’ new findings of hydrated silica on the red planet.

The Jezero Crater proves to be a promising site for exploration due to its geographic location. The crater lies at the edge of the Isidis Basin, sits on the volcanic plain Syrtis Major and is intersected by fractures known as the Nili Fossae.

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Jezero Crater selected as Mars 2020 mission landing site

November 29, 2018 1 comment

Following the announcement of the program nearly six years ago, the Mars 2020 rover mission has selected the Jezero Crater as its landing site.

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Science & Research Roundup

January 31, 2018 Comments are Disabled

A study conducted by researchers at the University identified an enzyme, SNRK, that could play a role in combating obesity in humans, according to a University press release.

Columns

Krishnamurthy ’19: Mars gives us hope

April 4, 2016 Comments are Disabled

On April 22, 2013, Mars One, a Dutch-based nonprofit venture, announced its search for volunteer astronauts to travel one-way to Mars.